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 on: July 07, 2014, 02:10:04 AM 
Started by CA Law Dean - Last post by CA Law Dean
Well, we have just about wrapped up the 1L admission process for Fall 2014. However, we still have about three weeks to consider transfer requests here at Monterey College of Law. If you did not have a successful 1L experience and intend to practice law in California, consider contacting MCL before you give up on your dream of being a lawyer. Small classes and a strong academic support program have made a difference for students who got lost in the shuffle at big ABA law schools. Each circumstance reviewed individually.

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 on: July 07, 2014, 01:53:25 AM 
Started by CA Law Dean - Last post by CA Law Dean
About 120 total students. We admit about 35 new 1Ls per year. Enrollment has been relatively stable for the past several years, but is coming later the last two cycles.

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 on: July 07, 2014, 12:15:25 AM 
Started by jdul34839 - Last post by Groundhog
Agreed with above poster about geography. You'll need to network, intern and summer at places near the region you want to work. That'll be much more difficult if you attend law school out of state.

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 on: July 06, 2014, 11:14:20 PM 
Started by jdul34839 - Last post by Maintain FL 350
You need to think about where you want to live after law school, because your employment opportunities are going to be very different depending on which school you attend. None of these are elite schools which are going to land you a job based on pedigree, and you'll most likely end up working in the immediate geographical region.

Really think about this, because it's going to have a big impact on your future. When you're looking at regional/local schools, local reputation and connections matter more than national rankings. Don't get too caught up in rankings at this level, look for a good school in an area in which you would be willing to stay.

As far as the MA in Intl Relations, it may or may not be worth the expense depending on what you want to do. Big firms, NGOs, and intl organizations (which dominate the intl law field) will want an elite pedigree. Competition for those jobs is intense, and the applicants have amazing credentials. Keep that in mind before dropping tens of thousands on an MA.

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 on: July 06, 2014, 10:41:04 PM 
Started by jdul34839 - Last post by NewlyMinted
Looks like a good list. I would apply to as many schools as possible. I would apply to even more reach schools and safety schools.
In theory good advice, if you can afford it. Many schools have application fees that add up quickly if applying to dozens at a time

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 on: July 06, 2014, 07:47:03 PM 
Started by jdul34839 - Last post by Miami88
Looks like a good list. I would apply to as many schools as possible. I would apply to even more reach schools and safety schools.

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 on: July 06, 2014, 04:48:17 PM 
Started by jdul34839 - Last post by NewlyMinted
wow, geographical convenience is not a factor in this analysis at all is it?

I'd apply to your top choice. It must be your top one for a reason. Start there. It's ok to apply to a few safety schools too, just don't be the "I'll transfer at end of 1L" person. They tend to get lost and confused when it doesn't happen. Just make sure where you start is where you want to finish.

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 on: July 06, 2014, 12:43:39 PM 
Started by jdul34839 - Last post by jdul34839
Please delete

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 on: July 05, 2014, 07:07:14 PM 
Started by LSAT Blog - Last post by BP Robert
As the charts suggest, the answer to your question is "philosophy, engineering, and math/physics"

Which makes sense as all of those majors are oriented towards critical thinking, which is all the LSAT tests for. I think that most people headed to law school are not about to jump into a physics course, but I would recommend taking a couple philosophy classes if you're interested in training your brain. Formal logic is generally regarded as very helpful, Aristotle may also be a good place to start.

Best luck in your studies.

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 on: July 05, 2014, 07:01:00 PM 
Started by lawschoolnewbie - Last post by BP Robert
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